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Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

December 11, 2019 PAY ATTENTION

We can probably remember teachers telling our class to pay attention in school. Even our parents advise us to pay attention when they are speaking. Paying attention is important but not always easy. There are many distractions in this world and in our minds that keep us from paying attention. However, paying attention pays off in many dividends. If we pay more attention to a situation, we could better understand what is going on. If we pay more attention to God’s word, we could better understand what He wants us to do. Paying more attention will help with greater understanding and wisdom in all we do.

SCRIPTURE:
Luke 8:18 “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what you need to pay more attention to.
2. List the things that distract you from really seeing and hearing others.
3. Know paying more attention leads to greater understanding.
4. Remember the more you understand, the better steward you can be for God.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, remind us to pay more attention to You every day. We know what we focus on during the day is what we place as most important in our lives. Help us to put You first today and every day by focusing on Your love, Your word, Your goodness, Your mercy, Your peace, and all the other blessings and promises from You. We want to grow wise in Your word and have greater understanding of how we can serve You and help others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We should pay attention and use what God has blessed us with to do His will and to help others.

Matthew 25:29 “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” (NLT)

We are to pay greater attention to God’s word so we can be better stewards for Him.

Psalm 49:1-3 “Listen to this, all you people! Pay attention, everyone in the world! High and low, rich and poor—listen! For my words are wise, and my thoughts are filled with insight.” (NLT)

We are to pay more attention to the wisdom and wise counsel that comes from God so we can better prepare ourselves to live only for Him.

FOCUS:
Proverbs 5:1 “My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel.” (NLT)
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